Ojai Meadows Preserve Animals

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Bobcat

Lynx rufus

(subspecies: Lynx rufus californicus (Mearns))

The bobcat resembles other species of the Lynx genus, but is on average the smallest. Read More »


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Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Thomomys bottae (Also Valley Pocket Gopher)

Five species of pocket gophers are found in California, with Botta’s pocket gopher being most widespread. Read More »


California Ground Squirrel

Otospermophius beecheyi

Named for Frederick William Beechey, who explored much of Northern California in 1826-28 as captain of his majesty’s ship Blossom, this squirrel is also sometimes called the Beechey Ground Squirrel. Read More »


Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Monarch butterflies are bright orange with black and white markings. The body of the monarch is black. The head has a set of antennae. Read More »


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Spilogale


Brush Rabbit

Western Brush Rabbit

Sylvilagus bachmani

The brush rabbit is smaller than many of the other cottontails, and unlike most of them, the underside of its tail is grey rather than white (which may be why its common name does not include the word “cottontail”). Read More »


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Long-Tailed Weasel

Mustela frenata

(subspecies: California weasel, Mustela f. xanthogenys)

The long-tailed weasel has a total length of 300-350mm and a tail comprising 40-70% of the head and body length. Read More »

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